I was a smoker for 20 years; I tried quitting many, many times. Recently I was sick with a stomach bug and didn’t smoke for two days. I thought to myself, “well, I haven’t smoked for two days, I may as well quit while I’m ahead and seize the moment!”
To help me with the process I did a few things:
- I created a board on Pinterest called “I’m a quitter” and I pinned all sorts of visuals so that every time I had a craving I could go and look at them.
- I kept a pack in my purse with about 5 cigarettes in it – I did this because in the past when I tried quitting, the “not having any” cause me more stress. This way I knew I had them there if I wanted one, I just made the choice to not have one. Somehow, it took the pressure off a bit.
- I downloaded the “Smoke Free” app – this way I could see how many days/hours/minutes I’ve been smoke-free as well as how many cigarettes I haven’t smoked and how much money I have saved.
I’ve been smoke free (no cigarettes, no e-cigarettes, no nicotine replacement therapy) for 3 months & 14 days today!
I still get cravings all the time and it is a daily struggle, but my desire to not smoke is greater than my desire to smoke. Every time I get a craving, I go to my app or I go to my board on Pinterest and it reminds me of how much I have accomplished and reiterates that I really don’t want to smoke anymore.
The QuitNow website has also been a huge help as well – it creates a sense of community for all of us quitters. Winning the Tobacco Free Tuesday was a surprise for sure, but also a great reward for all of my hard work!
I miss smoking a lot! I’d be lying if I said I didn’t, but I feel so much better now that I’ve quit.